Bodegas y Viñedos Vega Sicilia

Alion Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino

9.2973 ratings
9.2131 pro ratings
Ribera del Duero, Castilla y León, Spain
Tinto Fino
Top Notes For
Joe Lucca

This delivers the goods for a “second” wine (little brother to Vega Sicilia). Needs lots of air; give it plenty of decant time as it’s quite closed on pop n pour. Plums, red and black berries, minerals, roast beef jus, charcoal smoke, really well integrated oak. The tannins start out super plush, but build with time in the decanter. Savory and velvety at the same time. Needs a little more time in bottle to really shine.

This delivers the goods for a “second” wine (little brother to Vega Sicilia). Needs lots of air; give it plenty of decant time as it’s quite closed on pop n pour. Plums, red and black berries, minerals, roast beef jus, charcoal smoke, really well integrated oak. The tannins start out super plush, but build with time in the decanter. Savory and velvety at the same time. Needs a little more time in bottle to really shine.

Feb 28th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Alion was launched with the 1991 vintage by the famous Vega Sicilia estate. The last vintage I tried was the ‘08. Beautiful Ruby with an array aromas of dark fruits, spice, floral and some oak. The palate shows strawberry, blackberry & plum flavors with hints of espresso and licorice surrounded with gentle oak. Tannins are a bit strong but needed to support the backbone of this tremendous wine. Well balance with acidity, full body, lingering finish ends with some fruit, oak, spice, and mineral character. Needs 10 years!

Alion was launched with the 1991 vintage by the famous Vega Sicilia estate. The last vintage I tried was the ‘08. Beautiful Ruby with an array aromas of dark fruits, spice, floral and some oak. The palate shows strawberry, blackberry & plum flavors with hints of espresso and licorice surrounded with gentle oak. Tannins are a bit strong but needed to support the backbone of this tremendous wine. Well balance with acidity, full body, lingering finish ends with some fruit, oak, spice, and mineral character. Needs 10 years!

Dec 2nd, 2018
Corey Zamora, CSW

Spanish power at its finest. This wine will convert a cali drinker to the old world very easily.

Spanish power at its finest. This wine will convert a cali drinker to the old world very easily.

Jan 15th, 2018
Saida Santana Margalef

2013 Vintage

2013 Vintage

Sep 9th, 2017
Scott Taddeo

Such class on display here. Dark fruited, perfectly ripe and laced with high quality oak. You could suggest the oak presence is obvious but the fruit is going toe to toe. So composed, so lengthy, so good.

Such class on display here. Dark fruited, perfectly ripe and laced with high quality oak. You could suggest the oak presence is obvious but the fruit is going toe to toe. So composed, so lengthy, so good.

Jul 31st, 2017
Tom Kobylarz

Spanish wine royalty of the secondary kind.
The color is deep ruby and youthful for 11 years age. The nose is complex showing maturity with muddled plums and blackberry, with mint and roast beef, oak is there but well integrated. The palate is med acidity, med+ body with fine and dusty med+ tannin. Long and classic finish. 🇪🇸
#alion
#vegasicilia #riberadelduero

Spanish wine royalty of the secondary kind.
The color is deep ruby and youthful for 11 years age. The nose is complex showing maturity with muddled plums and blackberry, with mint and roast beef, oak is there but well integrated. The palate is med acidity, med+ body with fine and dusty med+ tannin. Long and classic finish. 🇪🇸
#alion
#vegasicilia #riberadelduero

3 people found it helpfulSep 13th, 2015
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

9.2

Not ready by any stretch, but already enjoyable. Tight, but fantastic structure and fine tannins.

Not ready by any stretch, but already enjoyable. Tight, but fantastic structure and fine tannins.

2 people found it helpfulMay 27th, 2015
Jay Kline

I’ve never had Alion (or anything else from Vega Sicilia for that matter) and was able to pick up a couple of these with bin-stained labels about two years ago for a song. Yesterday, I decided to open one to see what the fuss was about. Popped poured; I gotta say, this was a complete mess on Day 1. So much so that after struggling through a glass and a half and wondering why I even try with Ribera del Duero anymore, I replaced the cork, walked away from it and went to bed. It was a combination of red cherries and plums that seemed overripe almost to the point of being stewed yet there was substantial structure and it was simply not very fun to drink. Day 2? Completely different story. Everything had calmed down and integrated into something quite sublime. Dark cherry, leather, espresso, olives and cocoa delivered with a bear hug of fine tannins. This was a remarkable turnaround. If you’re opening one of these soon, I have three words of advice: decant, decant, decant. Drinking great now after significant air or hold. These aren’t going south anytime soon. Bottle No. 271224

I’ve never had Alion (or anything else from Vega Sicilia for that matter) and was able to pick up a couple of these with bin-stained labels about two years ago for a song. Yesterday, I decided to open one to see what the fuss was about. Popped poured; I gotta say, this was a complete mess on Day 1. So much so that after struggling through a glass and a half and wondering why I even try with Ribera del Duero anymore, I replaced the cork, walked away from it and went to bed. It was a combination of red cherries and plums that seemed overripe almost to the point of being stewed yet there was substantial structure and it was simply not very fun to drink. Day 2? Completely different story. Everything had calmed down and integrated into something quite sublime. Dark cherry, leather, espresso, olives and cocoa delivered with a bear hug of fine tannins. This was a remarkable turnaround. If you’re opening one of these soon, I have three words of advice: decant, decant, decant. Drinking great now after significant air or hold. These aren’t going south anytime soon. Bottle No. 271224

1 person found it helpfulAug 5th, 2018
WineMascot

Smoky meat, currant great grippy tannins

Smoky meat, currant great grippy tannins

1 person found it helpfulAug 18th, 2015
Adam Foster

Beverage Director Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop, Blue Coop Restaurant

9.0

Modern, rich and dark. Granular tannic structure and some wet earth. Needs time.

Modern, rich and dark. Granular tannic structure and some wet earth. Needs time.

1 person found it helpfulMay 21st, 2015